Homeland Security chief: Banks ‘under attack’ by hackers

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today that hackers are “actively” attacking some of the country’s largest financial institutions.

According to a report in The Hill, America’s top security official issued the warning at a Washington Post event today, but didn’t specify the nature of the attacks.

“Right now, financial institutions are actively under attack,” The Hill quoted Napolitano as saying. “We know that. I’m not giving you any classified information… I will say this has involved some of our nation’s largest institutions. We’ve also had our stock exchanges attacked over the last [few] years, so we know… there are vulnerabilities.”

Napolitano also said that the hackers have been successfully pilfering funds from the banks, but wouldn’t elaborate.

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